Paige’s List of Zombie Apocalypse & Dystopian Books

by Maryse on February 11, 2013 · 29 comments

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Our Facebook friend (and fellow reader), Paige, has created us a “zombie apocalypse” list (in honor of more “The Walking Dead” that started last night). In the mood for more zombies in book format? Some even have romance!! Those are my favorite. :D

She says:

I have an Apocalypse section on my Kindle …have MANY zombie recommendations! Maryse, please take over this list as you see fit. Hope this gives my fellow zombie fans a few options!!

Apocalyptic/Dystopian/Zombie Books (she hasn’t read ‘em all but these are in her Kindle + I’ve just added a TON more that have been recommended by our fellow readers!! Starting with Danielle who says: “I love Zombie books! I know of a few others…”):

And now I will add a few that have an underlying romance theme (along with all of that grim gore) :)
Got any more to add to this list?


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Chinyere Ezinwanyi February 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM

A big one you left off your list: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter (4.5 stars for me & it’s YA).

Don’t anyone throw eggs at me but I didn’t enjoy Warm Bodies. I listened to the audiobook and hearing a zombie’s soliloquy about brains made me queasy.

Maryse February 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

haha!! Zombies in general make me queasy. I’m still dying to read it, ’cause I’ve always wondered how they’d handle an actual “zombie” falling in love…

I’m going to add you recommendation right away! :)

Danielle February 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

I love Zombie books! I know of a few others…

The Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan
My Life as a White Trash Zombie series by Diana Rowland
Married With Zombies (Living with the Dead series) by Jesse Petersen
Feed (Newsflesh series) by Mira Grant
Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura series) by Maberry Jonathan

Yay for Walking Dead being back on TV!

Terri S February 11, 2013 at 11:51 AM

An excellent Zombie Apocalypse series I don’t see on here is the As The World Dies trilogy by Rhiannon Frater. They’re so good!

Julie Clark February 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Don’t forget “The Holy Trinity” series by Madeline Sheehan! I LOVE those!!!! Can’t wait for the next one :)

Tracie February 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Love this List !!!! This one is not a a zombie book, but more dystopian and very “steamy.” I really loved it. :)

Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha.

Summer February 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM

So I loved Flesh and Skin, I love that love finds away in hell. I would like to read more like them, do any of you know which one’s of the list above are closest to Flesh and Skin? Thanks =)

Tracie February 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha is great. It is more dystopian and very steamy. I loved it. :)

Nancy February 11, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Poision Princess by kresley cole.It’s more dystopian and YA(it’s 4.5 stars for me)

Nancy February 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM

The Poision Princess by Kresley Cole. it’s more of dystopian and there is zombie in it too &YA(it’s 4.5 starts for me)

Valerie February 11, 2013 at 2:38 PM

You must put the Aftertime trilogy by Sophie Littlefield on the list (5+ stars for me). They were one of my top reads for 2011!! You must read, you won’t be dissapointed!

julie February 11, 2013 at 5:33 PM

I loved Flesh and Skin and if anyone knows any books close to these, please let me know. Hope the author continues this series and soon!!!

Kristy February 11, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I’ve read the Maze Runner Trilogy, and the Matched books. Really enjoyed them!! Even better though were Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth, and the Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver. (This one is about a society that sees love as a disease and everyone is “cured” of it as a teen!!) All YA dystopic with some great love interests too. In fact, Four from Divergent is one of my all time fave book boyfriends. :)

Reese February 11, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Awesome list! Ive been addicted to these apocoplytic stories lately, and you have so many that I’m going to be checking out! Thanks!!!

two more to add: the Reapers Are the the angels by Alden bell was really, really good. And I also really liked Allison Hewitt is trapped. i didn’t see those mentioned

Arlygirl February 12, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Kristy totally agree with you about Divergent, love Four! Haven’t had a chance to read Insurgent yet as my daughter is still reading it, she recommended the series and I think it’s one of my favorite YA dystopian series.

Liz February 12, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Am I the only person who read and enjoyed Dearly Departed by Lia Habel?

beth March 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

a really good series is THE CONTAGIUM by Emily Goodwin it does have a little romance but not to bad…also ZOMBIE FALLOUT by Mark Tufo was great.

Donna May 12, 2013 at 1:49 AM

I can’t believe NO ONE has recommended (unless I somehow missed it..) “The Island Parts 1-5″ an excellent apocalyptic series!

Recklessone June 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

You need to add Dead Drunk: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse… One beer at a Time. Great book that is a must read.

Chris Verstraete December 31, 2013 at 11:34 AM

GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie has a different twist and some romance…

John January 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Nice list. Do you list blogs at all or just books? And may I ask why World War Z is not on your list?

Melissa A June 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Thanks for the list, I’m a huge dystopian and zombie fan. I have some to add:
A New World series (there are now 9) by John O’Brien
The Starborn Saga trilogy by Jason D Morrow
Day by Day Armageddon series JL Bourne
Zombie Youth by H.E. Goodhue

Slightly steamy:
Odium I & II and prequel by Claire Riley (she’s one of my faves now…highly recommended!)

I have several more, but need to dig them out of my memory!

Melissa A June 12, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Also really loved these:
The Grace Series by M. Lauryl Lewis
Plaque Town The Ashley Parker Series by Dana Fredsti

I love a strong female heroine!!

Ty Wilde June 15, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Maryse -
I’m new to this blogging thing, but I found your page and I love it. I’ve been working on a novel for the last 3+ years and I think you’d like it. The book is called “The Enraged” You can check out my blog @
My story is… The Enraged pulls you into the thrilling journey of Shay Donovan, an average American house wife, who finds herself alone during an unthinkable outbreak. Separated from family & friends, she must lean on strangers to help her escape from LA in a desperate attempt to find her family. Hoards of infected humans, hunt down the remaining survivors as the dark cloud of death continues to consume those around her. Shay finds herself in a world of kill or be killed & she becomes a killer.
I’d love to hear back from you.

Anthony Renfro September 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Cool post – love Zombie stories myself.

I have several on Kindle. Hope you don’t mind if I mention them.

A Zombie Christmas, A Zombie Thanksgiving, and A Zombie New Year.

I also have them in this collection:

A Zombie Holiday Trilogy

Stephen July 18, 2015 at 8:25 AM

if anyone’s interested im writing a zombie novel, the first draft stuff is uploaded on my blog

jess August 1, 2016 at 9:02 PM

until the end of the world series by Sarah Lyons Flemming is the best! Great characters and not your typical cheesy zombie book! Its actually probably my favorite series even outside the apocalyptic genre

R S Merritt October 25, 2017 at 9:11 PM

Check out the Zournal series on Amazon.

Here’s the first in a series that I’m personally very fond of. Let me know what you think of it. It will be free on Amazon this Saturday. (Oct 28th, 2017)

The Zournal Book 1: It All Started

chris verstraete February 5, 2018 at 11:08 AM

A different twist… What if Lizzie Borden did it… because she had no other choice?

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